Natural gas consumption fell nearly 15% from January to June on an annual basis, data shows
Germany’s natural gas consumption plunged in the first half of this year, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing electricity industry association BDEW.
The country consumed almost 15% less natural gas compared to the same period of 2021, mainly due to a much milder spring, according to the report. Even after adjusting for temperature effects, the drop was still 8%, according to the outlet.
BDEW pointed out that much higher energy prices, weaker economic growth and increased personal motivation to save energy may also have contributed to the decline.
In June, gas consumption was almost a quarter lower than in the same month last year, according to BDEW. Nevertheless, the association noted that almost all households and public buildings could do more to reduce their consumption, for example by lowering the heating by a degree or two in winter.
Berlin turns off city lights to save energy
The statistics also showed that the country’s electricity generation from gas has been declining since the middle of 2021. In the first half of 2022, gas-fired power plants generated about 12% less electricity than in the same period last year, BDEW noted.
It was reported on Monday that Berlin had since the end of July stopped lighting about 100 public buildings and historic monuments in order to save energy. City authorities said a total of 150 buildings will no longer be lit at night.
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